The Annual General Body of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Mar Thoma Sabha Pratinidhi Mandalam was convened at Tiruvalla Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Smaraka Auditorium from August 28 to August 30, 2018. The meeting began with the worship led by Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan and the Episcopas of the Church. Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan, Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius, Rt Rev. Euyakim Mar Coorilos, Rt Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas, Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos, Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos, Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa, Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios, Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos, Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopas, Sabha Secretary – Rev. K.G.Joseph, Clergy Trustee – Rev. Thomas C. Alexander, Lay Trustee and Treasurer – Mr. P.P. Achankunju, Sabha Council Members, Appointed Clergy, Representatives from Parishes and Institutions, Nominated Members were present at the meeting.
Rev. Dr. Y.T. Vinayaraj, Professor of Theology at the Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam, led the opening Bible Study and Meditation. Achen through the Bible Study based of St. Matthew. 16:13-20, explained the role of the Church to be the corrective agent in the midst of the evil forces of this day.
Sabha Secretary welcomed all the members to the function. The Mandalam expressed its deepest condolences in the demise of Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Suffragan Metropolitan and other eminent persons.
Metropolitan in the Presidential address exhorted our role to be the Christian Presence in midst of all tribulations.
Sabha Secretary presented the Annual Report and Accounts 2017-2018 of Sabha and the Mandalam passed the Annual Report and Accounts after discussion.
On the Second day, Holy Communion was held at Tiruvalla St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church led by Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa. Farewell was given to 19 Clergy viz: Rev. Y. George, Rev. T.V. George, Rev. G. Varughese, Rev. Mathews Mathunny, Rev. Dr. P.G. George, Rev. A.M. John, Rev. George Mathew, Rev. Kurian George, Rev. Sunny George, Rev. K.C. Varghese, Rev. Mathai Joseph, Rev. P.E. Mathew, Rev. M.C. Skaria, Rev. T.K. Varughese, Rev. George Varghese, Rev. George Thomas, Rev. Thomas Philips, Rev. Jolly Thomas, Rev. T.S. Thomas, who retired from the active service of the Church.
The following awards were distributed during the Mandalam Meeting.
Mar Thoma Manava Seva Award 2018:Prof. M. Thomas Mathew, Kalamassery St Thomas, MTC
Mar Thoma Karshaka Award 2018:Mr. Thomas P. George, Attachackal MTC
Award for Book Authors:i. Malieckal M.C.George Kassesa Memorial Award: Rev. Baiju Markose (Book:Rhizomatic Reflections)
Rev. Mathew Thomas Memorial Prize. Rev. Oommen K. Jacob (Book: ദൈവത്തിന്റെ മണമുള്ള മന്ന)
- Mar Thoma Haritha Award:i. Parish: Kottayam Jerusalem MTC.
ii. Institution: Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam,
iii. School : Varkala Mar Thoma Central School
- Award for the Parish maintaining the Cemetery exceptionally well:Kayamkulam Salem Mar Thoma Church
- Mar Thoma Teachers Merit Award (Doctoral Degree)1. Dr. Alka E. Varghese (St.Pauls MTC, Budhanoor), Christian College, Chengannur (Doctor of Pholisophy in Botany)
2. Dr. Anil Koshy (Bethany MTC, Channapetta), Mar Thoma College of Science & Technology, Chadayamangalam (Doctor of Philosophy in English)
3. Dr. Leeba Thomas (Pazhavangadikara Immanuel MTC, Ranni), Carmel Engineering College, Ranni-Perunad (Doctor of Philosophy in Management)
4. Dr. Linoy A. Tharakan (Punalur Carmel) Mar Thoma Institute of Information Technology, Chadayamangalam (Doctor of Philosophy in Electronics)
5. Dr. Mini Varghese (Umayattukara MTC), St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry (Doctor of Philosophy in Hindi)
6. Dr. Minu Susan Koshy (Kozhenchery St. Thomas MTC) Mar Thoma College for Women, Perumbavoor. (Doctor of Philosophy in English, Comparative Literature)
7. Dr. Paulose Thomas (Moonnukallu Zion MTC) Mar Thoma College for Women, Perumbavoor (Doctor of Philosophy in Physics).
- Mar Thoma Students Award for Rank holders 1.Ms. Ashly Elizabeth Koshy (Pandalam MTC) First Rank in M.Sc. Statistics, University of Kerala.
2. Ms. Jeslet T. Mathai (Mylapra Salem MTC) First Rank in MSW (Clinical and Community Practice) (Christ University, Bengaluru)
3. Ms. Neethu Benny (Venmony Salem MTC)
Gold Medal for securing highest marks in Pharmacy Practice branch in the Master of Pharmacy Examination. (JSS University, Mysore)
- Cash Award for S.S.L.C winners from new Parishes.
First Place (FULL A+) 1. Asish S. Jacob, St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Kumbanad
2. Beena V. Raj. St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church. Mariyapuram
3. Selin Sabu Philip, Bethel Mar Thoma Church, Mothriravayal
4. Shincy L. Stuvart, St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Pullamcodu
Mable Mariam Thomas, Salem Mar Thoma Church, Ezholy
2. Sandra G. Simon, St. Lukes Mar Thoma Church, Puthuparampu
Sabha Lay Trustee and Treasurer presented the Budget for Rs. 12.6 million (1.26 Crores) which gives importance to the Mission and Evangelization.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa presented the report of regarding the implementation of COMPE constitution in the parishes of UK – Europe zone of North America – Europe Diocese.
Adv. Oommen Thomas presented and Mandalam passed the MOA of Marthoma Navodaya Movement Society, incorporated as the society to work among the transgender community – the project initiated by Mar Thoma Church to mark the Birth Centenary of Padma Bhushan Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan.
Rev. P.J. Mamachen, Convenor of Study Book Committee presented the Book with theme: Christian Discipleship: Vision and Challenges in a Changing World.
The meeting had a fruitful discussion on the recent deluge that hit Kerala State and resolved to devise an action plan to aid the people who are most affected.
Rev. Mathew P. Thomas, Rev. C.V. Symon and Adv. Oommen Thomas served as recording secretaries.
Sabha Secretary recorded vote of thanks.
The meeting came to a close with the prayer by Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas and the Benediction of His Grace the Metropolitan.